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Surgical Oncology

The cancer specialists who serve at Sacred Heart Hospital include a hepatobiliary and surgical oncologist who provides surgical treatments of liver, pancreatic and gastrointestinal tumors.

Dr. Leo Villegas received his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and also trained in general surgery, hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation in his native country. He initiated his U.S. surgical training at Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his general surgery training at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He recently completed a two-year hepatobiliary and surgical oncology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.




Areas of Expertise
Dr. Villegas has advanced, multidisciplinary surgical training in the following:   
  • Liver tumors: benign tumors, cyst, liver metastases, and hepatocellular carcinoma 
  • Cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation), gallstones, and gallbladder tumors 
  • Cholangiocarcinomas (bile duct tumors) 
  • Pancreas cysts and tumors 
  • Neuroendocrine tumors 
  • Colon tumors 
  • Gastric, small and large intestine tumors 
  • Retroperitoneal sarcomas

Surgical Procedures  
Dr. Villegas’ surgical capablities at Sacred Heart Hospital include the following: 
  • Liver Resection: open and laparoscopic 
  • Liver tumor ablation, radiofrequency ablation 
  • Cholecystectomy: open and laparoscopic 
  • Gastric and biliary bypass 
  • Pancreatic resection: open and laparoscopic 
  • Whipple procedure 
  • Palliative surgery 
  • Cytoreductive & debulking surgery 
  • Gastrectomies 
  • Colectomy: open and laparoscopic 
  • Bowel resection: open and laparoscopic 
  • Surgical feeding tubes 
  • Diagnostic & staging laparoscopy 
  • Intraoperative ultrasound

Contact Information
Office location: 730 Bayfront Parkway, Suite 4A, Pensacola, FL 32501
Monday - Friday • 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(850) 432-5488


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